Lions 7 vs Bulls 31
Bulls get the points to move into semi-final spot
The Bulls were just too good for the Lions at Ellis Park on
Saturday, beating them 31-7 and getting the vital bonus point they needed to
move back into the semi-final places.
Andre Pretorius started the match for the Lions, and immediately
the Bulls infringed, obstructing the Lions player putting pressure on the
receiver, and Pretorius opted for the kick. Unfortunately he hit the left
upright, and the early chance went begging.
7 minutes into the 1st half the Lions got another penalty, this
time from where the Lions drove up a line-out ball and the Bulls collapsed the
maul. Again Pretorius missed the penalty from just outside the Bulls 10 meter
2 minutes later the Lions had another chance when they
turned over a Bulls ball on the Bulls 22 meter line, Januarie broke to the right
and kicked the ball into open space, but the Bulls managed to get to the loose
ball first and stop the chance.
disaster for the Lions, from their own line-out on the Bulls 10 meter line from
a penalty, the ball went over the jumpers, the Bulls gathered the ball, and it
went down the line to the left. There were defenders, but in the end Wynand
Olivier managed to dot down in the left corner. Hougaard missed the conversion
from the touchline
19 minutes into the 1st half a great answer
from the Lions, from a line-out just outside the Bulls try-line, Cobus Grobler
took cleanly and the forwards managed to drive it over, with Ernst Joubert
scoring the try. Pretorius got the conversion to put the Lions in the lead 7-5.
minutes later the Bulls hit back again, from a penalty line-out on the right and
close to the Lions line, they moved the ball left down the backline, and a ruck
was formed close to the Lions line on the left side of the field. The Bulls hit
blind from the ruck, and the Lions didn't have enough defenders to stop Akona
Ndungane from scoring. Hougaard missed the conversion again, and the score 10-7
for the Bulls.
4 minutes before halftime there was a bit of a
dust up, and Enrico Januarie was sin-binned. There was no further score and the
halftime score thus 10-7 for the Bulls.
The 2nd half started
badly for the Lions, with Andre Pretorius knocking the kick off just outside his
try-line. From the scrum the Bulls got the ball to Wynand Olivier, who ran
straight through and dotted down under the poles. Hougaard added the two points
to put the Bulls in a 17-7 lead.
13 minutes into the 2nd half the
Bulls turned over a Lions ball on the halfway line, the ball came quickly to the
left and Habana got it at full speed running for the left corner, where he
managed to score in the corner. Hougaards kick was good, and the Bulls now in a
commanding 24-7 lead.
For the next 10 minutes the Lions camped in
the Bulls 22, but they just couldn't penetrate the defence.
Bulls eventually got back into the Lions 22 meter area, and JP Nel managed to
score a bit of a soft try. Hougaard converted to make it 31-7 for the Bulls.
that was that, a good win for the Bulls.
For the Lions:
Tries: Ernst Joubert
Cons: Andre Pretorius
For the Bulls:
Tries: Wynand Olivier(2), Akona Ndungane, Bryan Habana, JP Nel
Cons: Derick Hougaard(3)
Yellow card: Enrico Januarie(36)
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12
Jaco Pretorius, 11 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 10 Andre Pretorius(c), 9 Enrico Januarie, 8
Jacques Cronje, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Geo Cronje,
4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Anton
van Zyl, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Cobus
Bulls: 15. Johan Roets, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JP Nel,
12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Derick Hougaard, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8.
Pierre Spies, 7. Wikus van Heerden, 6.
Pedrie Wannenburg, 5. Victor Matfield(c), 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Rayno Gerber, 2.
Gary Botha, 1. Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16. Jaco Engels, 17. Danie Thiart, 18. Francois van
Schouwenburg, 19. Derick Kuun, 20. Heini Adams, 21. Morne Steyn, 22. Jaco
van der Westhuyzen.
Referee: JC Fortuin (SA)
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein (SA) and Phillip Bosch (SA)
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen (SA)